Ene Yakno-Abasi Jessicah
A specialist in textiles, Yakno’s inclination to experiment with materials and processes, led her to having a good grasp of other aspects of art. Because of her love for the expressiveness of the paint medium, in 2019, she decided to start creating works in the genre of painting. She derives inspiration from the formal elegance of the human body, on which she applies elements like bright colours, gold paint and paper, to create stylized, proportionally distorted figures. These paintings also push the confines of their two dimensional plane in their fullness and liveliness of gesture to do justice to the vivid beauty and diversity of her people as an African woman. She merges elements of textile design and painting to create black and white fabric patterns on her subjects. Recently, she has been working within the conceptual space of sisterhood, feminism and violence against women from personal experiences and that of other young women living in Nigeria. She expects art lovers to experience her works through various senses such as sight, touch and others.
She has participated in group exhibitions as well as art sales in Nigeria. Many of her works are in some individual and corporate collections in Nigeria and abroad.